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How Lewis Hamilton can win his 7th F1 title this weekend – and what Bottas needs to do to stop him

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SCARPERIA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 13: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton can win his record-equalling seventh drivers’ title this weekend at the Turkish Grand Prix. To do so, he needs to leave Istanbul with a greater than 78-point advantage over team mate Valtteri Bottas in the drivers’ standings. We’ve crunched the numbers to bring you all the permutations ahead of this weekend’s action.

Hamilton already heads Bottas – now the only driver who can mathematically stop Hamilton claiming the title – by 85 points, meaning that if Hamilton outscores Bottas this weekend, it’s all over.

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However, if Bottas does manage to outscore Hamilton, here are the permutations for Hamilton still claiming a Michael Schumacher-equalling title #7 in Istanbul this weekend.

How Hamilton can win the title

IF BOTTAS FINISHESHAMILTON MUST FINISH
1st + fastest lapTitle fight continues to Bahrain
1st2nd
2nd + fastest lap4th
2nd5th + fastest lap OR 4th
3rd + fastest lap5th
3rd6th
4th + fastest lap7th
4th8th + fastest lap OR 7th
5th + fastest lap8th
5th9th + fastest lap OR 8th
6th + fastest lap9th
6th10th
7th or lowerHamilton wins title
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